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Variety in Suit names for the Four Suits


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Rusty Neon
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I enjoy seeing the variety of suit names in English usage from various decks and traditions.

Feel free to add to this list, as this is meant to be just a quick start.

Rods: Fire, Wands, Batons, Staves, Torches, Sceptres, Clubs (or Spades)

Cups: Water, Chalices, Vessels, Hearts

Swords: Air, Pikes, ?p?es, Spears, Spades (or Clubs)

Coins: Earth, Disks, Deniers, Pentacles, Loaves, Diamonds

(I mention the French names only where they seem to have become integrated into English usage.)

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Kyrielle
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Coins: Vesicas (Glastonbury Tarot)

It seems to me I have seen Cauldrons as the Cups suit, but I can't recall which deck.

-- Kyrielle

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Diana
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Feathers (for air, I think).

And Pumpkins (for crying out aloud).

Somewhere there are birds (I think it's Rachel Pollack's deck). Probably air as well, seeing as they fly.

And in the Crystal Tarot, they call the Cups "Chalices" in English. But they use the normal word in their other four languages that they love to put on some of their decks. (Just in case people can't recognise what a Cup is, or a Sword... I mean, some people are not so bright so it's probably helpful for them.)

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Coins: Shields and Stones

Legends Wand suit is Spears

Chronata I like your idea for suits.. very inovative, do you have a preview?

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Quote:Originally posted by Chronata
This is the first time I have shared this with anyone!

Thank you for doing so, your deck sounds beautiful :D.
XTAX

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Diana
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Chronata: wonderful elements indeed. I look forward to seeing the finished deck. :)

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Nevada
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Voyager Tarot:
Cups
Wands
Crystals
Worlds

Tarot of the Old Path:
Cauldrons
Rods
Swords
Pentacles


Nevada

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LadyMedusa
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I can add these


The Native American has

Blades = Swords
Pipes = Wands
Vessels = Cups
Sheilds = Pents

The Greenwood has

Arrows = Swords
Stones = Pents

LadyMedusa

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Rusty Neon
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Quote:Originally posted by jmd
Since Rusty Neon has also included an elemental attribution, I'll also post the others which have been attributed to the suits in various decks and books:

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Of course, we each have our preferred attributions :)


Actually, the Fire, Water, Air and Earth that I mentioned were intended as suit names, not merely elemental attributions, e.g., as in the Elemental Tarot by Smith/Astrop.

The Elemental Tarot calls its four suits Fire, Water, Air and Earth (matching the GD elemental correspondences to Wands, Cups, Swords and Disks).

The Tarot of the Spirits calls its four suits Fire, Water, Wind and Earth.

The Osho Zen Tarot calls its four suits Fire, Water, Clouds and Rainbows.

Can anyone recall any other decks with element-based suit names?

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Rusty Neon
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Quote:Originally posted by galadrial

From the Celtic Wisdom:

Battle = (Swords)
Skill= (Wands)
Art =(Cups)
Knowledge= (Pentacles)

In a similar vein, the Blake Tarot of the Creative Imagination has as its four suits

Painting (= Pentacles)
Science (= Swords)
Music (= Cups)
Poetry (= Wands)

http://www.tarotpassages.com/blake.htm

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